Travel Blogs from Galveston
This trip begins with a long 4 hour drive to the port of Galveston, Texas. On the trip we stop at McDonalds for some breakfast and later arrive at our Discount Cruise Parking place. It's at a gas station, but the parking is secure and clean. So we hop on the free shuttle and see our huge ship for the first time. Wow!!! It is gigantic! 12 public decks high. The embarkation process is really very easy and effortless. We get the usual picture with the ...
We left Grand Isle, Louisiana, and headed West to Lafayette. We had decided to spend two days there at a KOA campground, as there were several interesting places we wanted to visit. Upon check-in we discovered how close we were to a busy highway (I-90) and with a rainstorm headed our way, we chose to forego the tent and rented a cabin instead. The rains were expected to continue for a second day, so we decided just to ...
... for cross) and that BBQ was what we were looking for. After the pit stop we drove down to Galveston and the next morning witnessed Jessica killing it. I'm so proud of her and her friends, as well as Ian since he did a half Ironman the following weekend in Florida. With that said, when I get back from my trip and settle all my affairs, I will do the half Ironman and sis you can hold me to ...
... We finally got together at about 1:00 pm.
Not only was there not enough time to visit a museum but by now I was too worn out to do anything more than just sit. We drove around for a while, searching for Texas barbecue! I was using my phone to search and Tammy was using her GPS to navigate, but we weren't finding anything (we wanted something we couldn't get in California!). Tammy ended up texting her boyfriend for a suggestion—she had done ...
After today, maybe I can get Glen Campbell out of my head.
Just prior to arriving back at the Gulf we went through the little community of Freeport and drove by Clemens Unit Texas Prison. Oh, it looks like the kind of place you would not want to visit, much less spend a prolonged period of time there. It was originally built in 1893 and looks like it. Scary. We saw a chain gang, dressed in stripes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harbor House Galveston
Harbor house heaven
This hotel has the best location for anyone embarking on a cruise ship! It is within walking distance to the ship terminal and you can leave your car in the parking lot for a small fee.
The decor lends itself to the warehouse it truly was with wood paneling and wooden bed frames. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had fresh towels daily and plenty of bathroom amenities. Yes, there is a coffee maker in every room!
We have stayed here for the past few years. There are restaurants, shopping and sight seeing nearby. The harbor view is lovely and you can watch the cruise ships dock (if you can get up early enough!) We will return again!
My husband and I stayed at the Harbor House in Galveston for my birthday at the end of April. The hotel was completely booked that weekend, and we were delighted to have a room. We had stayed at this hotel many years ago, and our stay could not have been better, but I believe ownership and management have changed hands since that time.
This is the place for a stay in the City of Galveston - rite next to the Historic, i.e. shopping, area and Seafood joints. The rooms are huge and the breakfast is good - served in the breakfast room available 24 hours for lounging.
The view of the harbor is excellent and if you have kids they love watching the super freighters, tugs and tankers. During the christmas season this is the place.
Would Definately Stay here again
We stayed here in late April of 2004. It was very quiet and peaceful. There were many wonderful restaurants located near the hotel, including a Starbucks and the Peanut Butter Factory. The hotel had an interesting nautical theme and had a great view of the harbor. There were not alot of people rustling around and it made for a great weekend. The rooms were very clean and the staff was very friendly from the moment we arrived. The continental breakfast was excellent all the mornings we were there and provided a wide variety of foods. This hotel was worth the money we paid for it and was located near the historic district. Overall, it was a very pretty hotel to stay at.
My wife and I stayed here on an overnight trip from Houston. I would have to describe staying here as a mixed bag. Yes the location is very convenient to the Strand and you are right on the harbor. The rooms are large and nicely appointed. The rate is decent even with the additional charge for parking. And it's definitely a plus to be able to use the pool at the Galvez. The Galvez has a very nice pool area complete with swim up bar (though I understand the bar is not always open) and you can walk across the street to get to the Gulf. On the negative, the service at the Harbor House leaves something to be desired. It's description as a "limited service" hotel is no joke! The whole staff needs customer service training. It was even more apparent after experiencing the first class service at the Galvez. The tv's are a bit small and I found the mattress to be a little soft though my wife didn't mind that. The continental breakfast complete with bitter coffee and Wal-Mart raisin bread (I saw the box) is nothng special. Maintenance is a little lacking-our toilet handle kept sticking and the air conditioner leaked and kept shutting on and off every few minutes. When I mentioned this to the staff, they got defensive. The Harbor House reputation for quietness is very real. We were watching tv in our room at around 11:30 pm when we got a knock on the door from security asking us to turn the volume down. They had gotten a complaint. We only had the sound up loud enough to be able to hear a news program while sitting in the sofa area located next to the air conditioner which is somewhat loud. If you want a quiet mostly adult place to stay in Galveston that is convenient to the Strand, I think the Harbor House is a pretty good value despite a few negatives.
The location was great! It was in a nicer area of Galveston and walking distance to the quaint shopping area downtown. Was not too impressed with room service. Don't expect much for their complimentary breakfast. I would suggest a walk across the street to Starbucks for a quick breakfast. There were no "black out" curtains which made it hard to sleep in and the TV was smaller than average. But overall with the price and the location, I would recommend it.
Unique Place to Stay
This is a charming restored-warehouse hotel located right on Galveston Bay. We have stayed there several times and have always enjoyed the spacious, nautical-themed rooms, each one with an excellent view. Harbor House is located close to the Stand area of Galveston, and is near several good restaurants, attractions, and cruise ships. I would highly recommend it.
A special place to stay in Galveston
We have just returned from a Royal Caribbean cruise.Our trip began with a delightful stay at the Harbor House.It is a perfect location for cruise pasengers.the terminal is in walking distance.If you have a room overlooking the terminal , you will see the ship from your room,a beautiful sight ! The staff are very helpful and pleasant Continental breakfast is served in a bright room on the second floor.You can walk to all the downtown attractions.We highly recommend the Harbor House
We were able to get into the Harbor House Hotel in Galveston Tx. on what is considered the worst weekend of the spring season there, beach weekend when about 100,000 to 150,000 students decend on the seawall side of the island for the rites of spring passage.We were greeted by a wonderful front desk person that had been on duty for two days due to not being able to leave the island because of the crowds. We were checked in quickly and advised not to try to eat or shop on the seawall side, and were given ideas and suggestions on where to go on the bay side of the island the selections that we choose from these ideas were great and we had a great 30th annv. dinner at Willie Gs . Upon reterning to our room we found it ready for use with a special surprise for are annv. Upon departing the next day for 5 days at sea we were able to leave our car on grounds for about a third of what it would cost us if we parked at the terminal. When we return for are next trip we for sure will stay at the Harbor House,
Warehouse on the dock
Excellent nautical ambience, with comfortable, spacious rooms overlooking the boats docked alongside; perfect location for enjoying the harborside life, and the lively Strand, the wonderfully compact downtown area of Galveston. On our recent visit, registration desk service was slow and inefficient...not bad, but slow.